FIT For Health
FIT For Health
The Families In Training (FIT) for Health program builds family habits for nutrition and physical activity that may reduce the risk of burdensome chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and lead to a lifetime of health and wellness.
The FIT for Health program is for the entire family but oriented for parents with children 8+ years of age, (although younger children are welcome at the classes).
The program draws from research in Family Systems Theory and Self-Determination Theory which suggests that family dynamics and self motivation in youth can have significant influences on health and weight management (Kitzman-Ulrich et al, 2011). Therefore, FIT incorporates additional programming elements designed to improve family dynamics through positive parenting techniques that motivates the youth to take ownership of their health by making healthier nutritional choices and increasing physical activity.
Week 1 – Introduction & Registration Forms
Week 2 – Run In (Physical Activity & Nutrition)
Week 3 – Goal Setting
Week 4 – Energy Balance
Week 5 – Communication
Week 6 – Portion Distortion
Week 7 – Screen Time & Family Meetings
Week 8 – Junk Food, Fast Food, & Soda
Week 9 – Social Support & Communication
Week 10 – Slipping up
Week 11 – Potluck celebration and review.
FIT (Families In Training) FOR HEALTH, is a free 11 week healthy lifestyle program for families created by a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health ( NIH R03HD070356 Dr. Heather Kitzman, Baylor Scott & White Health) in collaboration with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.
FIT For Health is offered through the following YMCA branches:
Cross Timbers Family YMCA
Coppell Family YMCA
Grand Prairie Family YMCA
Irving Family YMCA
Lakewest Family YMCA
McKinney Family YMCA
Richardson Family YMCA
Town North Family YMCA
White Rock Family YMCA
FIT For Health is offered through the following libraries:
Bachman Lake Library in Dallas
Betty Warmack Library in Grand Prairie
Harrington Library in Plano
FIT For Health is offered at the following Elementary Schools:
JO Davis Elementary in Irving
Lister Elementary in Garland
Marshall Elementary in Grand Prairie
Moseley Elementary in Grand Prairie
O’Henry Elementary in Garland
Travis Elementary in Grand Prairie
Community Health Outreach Director
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